UoRM and NUMed Offer Flexible Roadmap After A-levels and IGCSE

With the A-level and IGCSE results out recently, the question “what’s next?” may be on some students’ minds. While some might have a roadmap of their next step, others may be overwhelmed with the abundance of opportunities that have opened up for them. To avoid decision fatigue, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic, opting for a university that offers a clear pathway to the degree of your choice could be beneficial. University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) and Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) aim to provide students with first-class and career-enabling education. 

UoRM is the branch campus of University of Reading in the UK. Aside from being ranked in the Top 100 in the world for International Outlook by the Times Higher Education 2021, five of the university’s renowned schools and institutions are represented at UoRM: Henley Business School, School of Law, School of the Built Environment, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, and Foundation Studies and Language Institute. The degree programmes are specifically offered in professional disciplines that provide students with excellent career potential and professional qualification. These are Accounting and Finance, Finance and Business Management, Business and Management, Law, Psychology (with or without a one year professional placement), Quantity Surveying and Real Estate. Students also benefit from an experienced and highly qualified academic team, where 75% of its academic staff are PhD-holders.

Furthermore, the modern, state-of-the-art campus in EduCity, Iskandar Johor, encompasses an excellent learning environment that includes IT-enabled classrooms, a lecture theatre, a learning resource centre and student social areas, top-notch sporting facilities as well as a 24-hour student hub all conveniently under one roof. 

Parents and students might be surprised to learn that UoRM fees are comparable with those of some local private universities in Malaysia, and students with excellent academic results may even qualify for a High Achievers Scholarship worth up to RM33,840. Students at UoRM receive a degree that is identical to what is given at University of Reading, UK, but pay only 40% of the overall estimated costs compared with studying at the UK campus, taking into account fees and living expenses. A-level holders are encouraged to apply to its direct entry undergraduate degree programmes while those with IGCSEs (or equivalent) may opt for a 12-month International Foundation Programme (IFP) first. 

NUMed provides a range of undergraduate medical and biomedical degree programmes, which are equivalent to those of Newcastle University in the UK. Students can begin their medical undertakings in NUMed by enrolling in the Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme. The 12-month pre-undergraduate programme is catered for Malaysian students intending to study medicine, biological or biomedical sciences or science at undergraduate level. Upon successful completion, students will be given the option to pursue either the  2 + 1 BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences (BMS) programme or the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme. 

The BMS programme covers a diverse range of subjects relating to medicine, which includes the study of key areas such as biochemistry, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology. During Phase One, students will undergo two academic years, which mirror the exact programme offered in the UK. Subsequently in Phase Two, students get to spend one academic year at the UK campus with research-led teaching and an intensive research project in one of their highly regarded research institutes. 

On the other hand, the MBBS programme is an integrated five-year undergraduate medical course equivalent to the one delivered at the Medical School in the UK. The Newcastle UK MBBS programme is recognised by the General Medical Council, UK (GMC); Malaysian Medical Council (MMC); Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC); The Medical Council of Thailand and Medical Council of India. There are opportunities for fourth-year students to pursue their studies in the UK. Students may also opt to study for an extra year in the UK for an intercalated research qualification at either Bachelors or Masters level. Intakes for foundation and undergraduate programmes are available in September.

During these unpredictable times when travel restrictions are imposed around the world,  A-level and IGCSE students’ educational roadmap will be secured with the flexible mobility programmes offered at UoRM and NUMed. As a bonus, they get to equip themselves with global learning experiences and internationally recognised qualifications locally without having to travel overseas. 

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